Bryce Angell is a cowboy poet. Angell was raised on a farm/ranch in the St. Anthony, Idaho area with approximately 75 head of horses. Horses remain an important part of Angell's life.  Angell shares his poetry with Cache Valley Daily every Friday.

When I was only six years old and barely in first grade, we stood and pledged allegiance to the flag before we prayed.

And one of us would take a turn reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Those days were oh so innocent. We didn’t have a care.

But soon the prayer was taken from the schools of this great land. The First Amendment says it’s so; but I don’t understand.

Could the Pledge of Allegiance be the next to vanish from our schools? Not every school includes it now. Are we a pack of fools?

Some critics say there isn’t time. The Pledge just takes too long. Would they dare to ask a veteran? They’ll say that’s just plain wrong.

Are we afraid to speak out ‘cuz we might offend someone? The Fathers of this country risked their lives for everyone.

They stood for right and honored God. They bravely took a stand. I wonder how they’d feel ‘bout our “Allegiance” being canned.

This land is still America. That’s what our flag stands for. If this country doesn’t fit your bill, then pardner there’s the door.

When we cowboys get together, and we’re sittin’ round the fire. We’ll offer our opinions ‘bout this country we admire.

Though some of us have differences, on one thing we’ll agree. The Pledge of our Allegiance to our flag helps keep us free.

I’m proud to see my grandkids keep on pledging to the flag. To hear their little voices almost makes me want to brag.

So I’m asking those who educate. Recite the Pledge each day, and show your love for country. It’s the patriotic way!

Our children will remember, even more than games they played, how they pledged allegiance to the flag when they were in first grade.

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